Rays have released catcher Rene Rivera
UPDATE, 4:04: The team has since announced the move, with manager Kevin Cash saying Curt Casali and Hank Conger will split time behind the plate.
DEVELOPING: The Rays have released C Rene Rivera, the Times has learned.
Rivera confirmed the move. "I was surprised,'' he told the Times. "I was having a good spring.''
By releasing Rivera today, the Rays save three-fourths of his $1.7-million salary as they have to pay only 45 days terminaton pay.
With Rivera released, it appears Hank Conger will be the backup to Curt Casali.